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air-conditioning. the effort is called super cool biz. quite a slogan. go to our web site for more. don't forget, tonight on 8:00 p.m. eastern and pacific, "restoring the american dream: how to innovate." i will see you all next week. you're in the cnn newsroom. it's sunday, june 5. i'm martin savage in for fred riee ri rickricka whitfield. a day marking the anniversary of the syria war. 20 people were killed, more than 325 hurt. elsewhere, in syria, more violence today in that
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month-long anti-government uprising. human rights groups say 25 protesters have been killed since yesterday when syrians fired into a crowd of protestors. that same group said more than 80 people died. a volatile situation in yemen. their president flew to saudi arabia for a medical condition. what have you learned? >> well, marty, as we know, president solis flew to saudi arabia after the main tribe fighting his government troops stormed the palace, and not only injured president solis but the speaker of parliament. it was a bad scene yesterday. but today we understand that president solis did receive some very bad severe bruises, burns
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from u.s. officials telling us he also received shrapnel wounds, so we're not sure if his condition is life threatening but certainly very serious, marty. >> obviously his condition could determine whether or not he returns, but say he does become healthy again, is this a temporary leave of absence or is he gone for good? >> from my understanding from sources of yemen, they don't have any anticipation that he won't be back. this is just like in the united states when the president undergoes surgery or some other medical procedure and is conscious that he will provide leadership when he's better. this would basically have him resign on elections in the country. he's supposed to transfer power to the vice president, so the saudis are really putting a lot of pressure on him. and now that he's in saudi arabia, we understand they will be urging him to step down. we understand there is a truce right now. we've seen over the last couple
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days the government troops and the troops of ali mar have been fighting at the capitol, and this led to the skirmish yesterday. we understand the president has offered a truce to ali mar, so we see it pretty quiet, but the future of the president is unclear at this point. >> there seems to be jubilant celebration, so they seem to think this is somehow a permanent change. >> i think it's a little bit of wishful thinking. right now president solis' family is in control of the minister of the interior and other ministers. although we understand there has been this truce, and we understand that president solis has transferred power temporarily, i think it's a little bit of wishful thinking right now that this is the end of president solis. u.s. officials anticipate he won't be back, but in yemen
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they're saying he's not going anywhere, and he's just as much in control now as he was when he was in the country. >> real quick, we want to talk about the violence we've seen on the syria border. what's going on today? >> we saw there was a lot of protests because of the anniversary of the six-day war. there's been gunfire, people trying to cross the border from syria into israel, and israel has been firing warning shots. this is related to what we've been seeing going on in the capital of damascus and all the protests going on against preside presidenti alistad saying if you're not going to support me, i can make trouble outside the country. so it seems if he's not masterminding it, he's certainly encouraging it, because nobody can get over the border without his permission. >> we'll talk a little later about new developments
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surrounding al-obeidy. this is the woman who claimed syrian troops had gang raped her. she was deported back to libya. well, we're told she's on the move again. we will have the details on where she's headed. that will be at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. it is his last trip to afghanistan as defense secretary. robert gates spoke to u.s. troops today in cannkandahar answering questions about the war and this summer's questions about afghanistan. then it got personal. >> i just want you to know i think about you every day. i feel your hardship and your sacrifice and your burden and that of your families more than you can possibly know. you are, i believe, the best our country has to offer, and you
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will be in my thoughts and prayers every day for the rest of my life. thank you. [ applause ] >> the emotion very honest by secretary gates as he leaves his job as pentagon chief later this month. president obama's top adviser says people shouldn't read much into job numbers. the company gained 54 jobs in may. that was far less than predicted, but over the past six months, 1 million jobs have been created. >> there is a plan. it has been working. we have been adding jobs significantly over the course of this year. we faced a stiff headwind and this was a tough month, but i don't think we should a ban don the idea that what we need to do now is get the private sector stood up. >> he says corporations should
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use money sitting on their balance sheets to help strengthen the straug ling economy. thousands of people in arizona are on the run from massive wildfires and hundreds more have been told to pack up and leave their homes. one of the biggest fires are closing in on the town of greer. that's northeastern arizona. it's one of the biggest blazes in that state's history. >> i'd like to hear that we can go home. >> we want to go home. >> in the last few days, wildfires across arizona have burned more than a kauquarter million acres. trals adkins' home was gutted by fire yesterday. he was on his way to alaska. his wife, kids and the nanny are all said to be okay. these inflatable houses took off with children inside. high winds sent the structures across the soccer field
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yesterday. >> the wind blew everything down. >> they were dragging me. >> i was getting hot dogs, and i just happened to turn around and i saw the slide blowing in the wind. and i just -- i couldn't believe it. it was like something out of a movie. >> fortunately, none of the injuries are considered serious. well, it didn't seem likely at first, but james tate and his date made it to the shelton high school prom in connecticut last night. tate was initially banned, you may remember, from the dance by taping a giant prom invitation at the school entrance. that ban sparked national media attention. the school finally backed down and let tate and his date attend the prom after all. the weather front has seen just about everything this season. fires, floods and massive tornadoes. we'll check in with meteorologist jackie jarris to
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earth warms unnaturally the more frequent storms we're going to have and the more extreme storms we're going to have. but i think this year in particular, while we've had a lot of extremes, a lot of records broken, tornadoes, floods as well as droutghts, its hard to pinpoint and say that. it's been above average in part of the south. mexico water temperatures have been very warm, so all the moisture has been coming up from the south, connecting with that dryer, cooler air from the north and then we have a very strong jet stream that's been riding in and bringing these storms in. so some of those things together with extreme drought kind of combine to make these major tornado outbreaks we've been having. tuscaloosa, they had five ef-5
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tornadoes. >> i don't remember having so many back to back. is that an indication of something here? >> right now my thinking is it has more to do with the fact that they've hit populated areas. >> that's just the luck of the draw? >> ef-5 is the damage scale. so an ef-5 could hit nothing and you don't know it was an ef-5. it actually has to hit something to be able to analyze how strong the storms actually were. this has been a record year. we've had about 1300 reports of tornadoes so far. in an average year we have about 1274. we've got seven months to go and we're already way above. what is striking is the number of deaths we've this this year, and that's 522. that's the worst we've seen since reliable records have been kept since 1950. we know there were more deadly tornadoes, like 1925, but the fatalities this year has been terrible. >> having seen it firsthand, yeah.
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jacqui, thank you very much. this spring's flooding has had deadly impact. thousands of people are losing homes and farms. but a lot of the weather has separated families from the pets they love. >> meet the latest victim made homeless by the flood. the humane society in vicksburg these days is pretty noisy and busy. >> i don't know who it belongs to, but it was pulled out of the water. >> the 2011 mississippi flood has georgia lynn and her staff of volunteers looking after a modern day noah's ark. goats, miniature horses, cats, dogs, chickens and cherokee, a sweet tea-swigging ma inin inin. >> how did this habit begin?
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>> she's one of the smartest animals in the world. >> georgia began taking them in for free. >> their lives get ripped apart. >> the same floods pushing pets into shelters are pushing wild animals into places they normally wouldn't be. the images can be startling and amazing. critters and creatures of all sorts just as scared as humans trying to get to high ground. to find out where the wild things are -- >> it's not graceful to get in there. i promise you, it's not. >> charles gross of mississippi wildlife and fisheries head out into the flood. >> a lot of the animals are very stressed out. >> it wasn't long before i was feeling some stress. >> some animals have never seen a human. they're curious. some are going to be afraid of us. there he goes.
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now, considering he's about average size. >> and then there are the snakes. >> we've been also telling people be mindful of what's over here because the snakes don't swim, that don't like water, copperheads and things like that, they're trying to get ahead of the water. a lot of them were stuck in trees that weren't able to get down, they're going to be hungry. >> georgia is kmfrtd comforted fact that most of her animals will leave with their owners as the waters recede, and others are alarmed by the animals that have moved in while they were gone. >> there is also a new concern because the flood of the missouri river is just starting. other areas upstream could send high waters back to those areas along the mississippi that have already flooded, and yes, moran
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ma -- more animals on the move. changing people's attitudes about aids. we'll have more on cnn hero. >> nominate a special hero on cnn.com. one night britta told me about a tradition in denmark, "when a person dies," she said, "someone must open the window so the soul can depart." i smiled and squeezed her hand. "not tonight, britta. not tonight." ♪
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in paris today, rafael nadal claimed his sixth french open. he is equal to bjorn borik. on the women's side, li na won yesterday with a grand slam title. >> tell us about that match, because there was a point there where it looked like she could come back. what switched for you to say, i can do this? >> it was a tough match for sure. i know if i come to the finals set, not easy to win. i just tell myself, okay, hold steady, try your best.
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if you don't win, you still didn't lose, but i was happy to win. >> how does it feel? >> it's exciting. i laid down and thought, this is true. not a dream. i know how big the news is in china because i know how many people were watching this match. >> you can bet the folks at home were pretty proud. na moves up to fourth after that victory which proves the best rank ever by an international player. 2900 young people are newly affected by hiv, that according to i world health report. this woman is making sure her country stops the spread of that terrible disease. that's why she is our cnn hero of the week. >> back in 1990s, i believed that aids was a punishment from
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god. when i tried to stay positive, it was like, oh, my god, how could this happen to me? i fasted and prayed, hoping that i would be healed. when i went public, i lost my job. my husband lost his job. the landlords wanted us out of our housing. i realized that i had been lost. my name is patricia sawao. my goal is to change people's attitudes about aids. >> all you need is accurate, correct information. >> hiv is not a moral issue, it is a virus. i go to a lot of countries. when i'm helping someone else, i want them to know that you can write about this. the 48 children at the center, most of them saw their parents dying of aids.
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there is some kind of bond that provides the motherly love and all their basic needs. we want to be there for people. so if we have it, we shout it out. it's what i want to do because it's what i'm meant to do. god has good ways of healing, so for me, i'm him. >> we, of course, always want to hear from you to tell us about heroes that are in your own community. send your nominations to cnn.com/heroes. casey anthony caught in a pattern of lies? what forensic evidence is revealing about the case. our legal guides weigh in.
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marking the end of the 16-day war. a report on syrian television said 20 people were killed and more than 325 were hurt. runoff day in peru. voters began casting their votes this morning in the second round of that presidential election. it is down to two candidates. a former army officer who was linked to a 2005 military uprising, and the daughter of a former president who is in prison for corruption. the most recent polls showed the two are neck and neck. the u.s. airways jet known for its famd miracle on the hudson is now on its way to a new home. the jet piloted by captain sully sullenberger is on its way to new jersey. it landed safely in the hudson river after it was hit by a flock of geese in 2009. along the missouri river, it's a nervous wait as floodwaters rise. right now levees are holding, and sandbags are in place in a
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lot of areas as floods rise toward record levels. hundreds of homes are threatened. in iowa there is word of a levee breach on the missouri river near hamburg, but right now, at least, no reports of injury or damage. expect to hear more expert testimony tomorrow when casey anthony's murder trial resumes. yesterday a forensic scientist testified that a hair taken from the trunk of the defendant's car was similar to that of anthony's daughter caylee. caylee anthony was reported missing three years ago, then found dead. our legal guide discussed the case with our friend richelle carey yesterday. >> the reasonable doubt is overwhelming, and the fact that casey anthony's credibility -- >> wait a second. >> i'm watching the same trial every day, and the fact is, despite whatever problem there is with the defense counsel, it is her behavior introduced me thodically, carefully by the
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prosecution that's going to do this defendant in. and the very point that's been made, well, when she takes the stand and puts her hand on the bible, let me tell you something. a lot of people dag with thi disagree with this, richelle, but they're going to have to put casey anthony on the stand, at the very least, because the jury sees something wrong with her. they have to prove, in order to get the premeditated murder, that casey anthony was the one who put the duct tape on her mouth and nose. they cannot prove that, they will not be able to prove that, they do not have a cause of death in this case, and they should not put her on the stand because the jury is going to hate her worse and she's going to get convicted and probably get sentenced to death. they have to save her for the mitigation phase. >> you can catch our legal guys every saturday at noon eastern time. also tomorrow dominic
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strauss-kahn is scheduled to be arraigned on sex charges. a word from his accuser. >> he was a renowned international banker. she was an immigrant employed as a hotel maid. >> what happens is when worlds collide, this whole thing with strauss-kahn happened in a nano second. >> this is an upscale paris neighborhood. dominique strauss-kahn maintains two homes in the french capital alone. and this is the neighborhood near shea stadium in the south bronx, new york. it is where the woman who accused strauss-kahn of sexually attacking her lived before coming into the spotlight. it's clear the events on a saturday afternoon in that hotel room have brought two people from extremely different
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surroundings. >> the worlds these two people inhabit have become so -- almost comical. these are two people who never would meet except for the circumstances of her cleaning his room. >> he distributed billions of dollars in aid to struggling african countries. the woman in question was grateful for a job, having come here to america. strauss-kahn married into wealth. >> he had the reputation for loving money, so he has always been around a lot of rich people. >> his accuser is described as a woman of dig nitnity and faith. >> she understands that in this
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you have probably heard about sourcing jobs, but have you ever heard about sourcing your computer programs? the latest innovation is called cloud computing. >> reporter: onlive is a gaming service with a difference. you're playing games on your computer, but the game isn't actually running on your computer. it's running on a computer back at onlive data center. you're playing the game by remote, sending commands to a computer far away which streams the video games back to you. that means you don't need a powerful computer to play the latest game, just a screen and an internet connection. onlive is part of a popular movement in the technology industry. it's called cloud computing. sounds futuristic, but what is it? >> cloud computing is like outsourcing. it's very much like what manufacturers say here in the
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u.s. do with tasks, you know, like producing goods and services. why should you have to store everything locally and process everything locally when with faster internet speeds, you could rely on the far greater processing power or storage space available at some off-line site? >> it's very likely you've been doing some cloud computing without even knowing it. flicker, an on-line photo library. hotmail has been hosting an on-line cloud since 1996. by keeping all of this in one place means phones and tablets can have access to the same information. you.n don't need to store any o that information from these devices. you just grab them over the internet. but what happens when your internet connection fails? >> one of the great abilities of cloud computing is that all of
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this is built on the assumption that internet speeds will remain fast and that connectivity will we main reliable. and anybody who has ever walked around in san francisco or new york with an iphone knows you can't always count on mobile data being fast or reliable. >> another worry about cloud computing is security. you're willingly handing over your information to another company, and relying on somebody else can cost you. when someone at amazon.com suffered an outage, the shift to the cloud was coming. >> they're set to go on sale. they are remarkable because they contain just 16 gigabytes of storage space. they are designed to live remotely under the server.
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google is convinced we are ready to live under the clouds. cloud-based music services could be a new way to store our digital music selections. apple is set to release its cloud form tomorrow. but are we really ready to put our music in a cloud? chris taylor joins us, and he is not buying into the hype. hello, chris. why are you not buying into this? >> well, martin, i think that music is something different. i have all my e-mail and gmail, i have my personal docs. but music is something i want to have with me all the time, it's personal to me, and that's why i keep it on my ipod, i keep it on my hard drives at home. i want to know it will always be there in case of a data outage, and i don't want to have to pay twice for access to it by the
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cloud through paying for data services on my cell phone or paying the fees that are supposed to be associated with these cloud music services over the long run. >> we pointed out apple coming out tomorrow with this icloud. tell us exactly what it is and how is it different from the other music programs that are out there cloudwise? >> we don't know fundamentally. of course, this is apple and they like to keep things secret until the very last minute when steve jobs walks out on stage. we are supposed to believe it is a music streaming service. we're told they've done deals with all the major music labels. the big question is, are they going to be allowing us to upload all of our music or give us access to all of our itunes music in the cloud, or is it just going to be music that we've already bought on itunes?
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that's what we don't know yet. if it's the former, i think it would be a really formidable cloud service. the other rumor is it will cost $20 per year. that i'm also not sure about. i think itune users will balk at having to pay for this stuff twice when they already have it on their ipods. >> what about using cloud technology otherwise? >> oh, otherwise, absolutely. there is a great service called drop box that i use to store just about everything that i want to send to other people. it's a very good transmission device. it's a very good way of backing up your data and it's a very good way of keeping your documents safe for all time, really, as you move from computer to computer. i just think the music is a little bit different. it's a little more personal than all these things. we'll have to wait and see. >> i think a lot of people will be waiting and seeing.
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chris taylor, nashville.com. thanks so much for joining us. >> thanks very much. if you want more on high tech reviews, see them all. just go to cnn.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab.
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they are good and good for you, one of the reasons they're called pure gold. we're talking about sweet potatoes. our tom foreman tells us how that simple food is helping build up america. >> reporter: it's like watching a magic trick. a tractor rolls over the bare dirt, cutting furrows, a planter drags behind, and there they are, the green shoots of sweet potatoes. there is no more wonderful sight for jerome vick. >> we have probably 50% of income on this farm. >> reporter: right now they are pure gold for anyone in this state. >> right here in this field is the capital. north carolina is the capital of sweet potatoes, bar none.
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>> reporter: this year about 400 farmers will plant 60,000 acres of sweet potatoes worth about $182 million to the state economy. that's a record. >> we grow almost half of the sweet potatoes that are produced in the united states. >> reporter: they are selling all over the world. sweet potato producers are cashing in on the healthy eating craze by aggressively advertising this native american plant can help with anything from die jes sh-- digestion to joint pain. this year vick expects to grow enough on his farm to meet the sweet potato needs of 4 million people. >> you might as well say we got 4 million people eating at our dinner table, which is perfectly all right with me. >> reporter: and next year they hope to be breaking records
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again. tom foreman, cnn. we hear about the kidnappings taking place in mexico all the time, but today we finally hear from a victim. and he's got a warning. >> now has become an international network of terrorists. >> his amazing story of survival is next in the newsroom.
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thousands of people have been kidnapped in mexico by drug cartels or by gangs. one man survived seven months of capture and torture. here is his story. >> reporter: it was the life he dreamed of, a mexican businessman and his american wife jane living on a ranch in a quaint colonial town in central mexico. >> life was pretty perfect. we were madly in love, and we could never imagine being apart from each other for a second. >> reporter: along with their three children, life in this beautiful region was perfect. then one summer morning in 2007,
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after developing tropping the k school, it all changed. >> we were ambushed. our windows were smashed and we were pulled from the karat gunpoint. my brain didn't even have time to register what was actually happening. >> reporter: a group of gunmen attacked their car. they let jane go but took her husband. they left the message, if you ever want to see your husband again, give us $8 million. >> they thought i had a lot of money cash that i could give them. and i did not. >> reporter: his father used to own a chain of newspapers, and the kidnappers thought there was a lot of family money. when they couldn't come up with the ransom fast enough, the brutal beatings began. and as time passed, the beatings became even more violent. the captain shot him in the leg and in the arm. >> there were many times i wanted to lose it, but as a
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mother, that's too much of a luxury going through something like that. you have to be strong yor your kids. >> eduardo stayed strong despite torturous conditions. they made him stand up with music blarg and lights on 24 hours a day. >> when they realized no amount of torture was going to produce the $8 million they wanted, they began to scale down their demand. the money they finally accepted for edwarduardeduardo's release closely guarded secret. he came home seven months after being in captivity. >> so see him there, and to feel this human being that was really cold, like a corpse.
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he was just skin and bones. >> they're trying to let people know how it affects human life on one side of the border. >> how could one human being do this to another human? it seemed the most awful thing. >> the chief cap tore spoke english with an american accent. the other spoke south american spanish. >> this now has become an international network of terrorism. this is why it's so dangerous to the united states because they're coming to mexico. >> reporter: a threat, they say, that knows no boundaries. rafael ramonos, cnn. we're keeping an eye at the cnnpolitics.com desk. president obama's top economic adviser says private business needs to be the driver of the economic recovery.
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austin goldspie says you shouldn't get hung up on job creations. only 50,000 jobs were created in may. he says over 1 million jobs were created in the past six months and private corporations are seeing profits again, and those profits should be reinvested in the economy. gop hopeful ron paul says his long-time stance on reducing the deficit is gaining traction. he says people are weary of the ongoing debt problems. >> i came into congress many years ago and my goal was to shrink the size of government, balance the deficit, live among our means. i haven't done a very good job. it seems like we're going in the wrong direction. sarah palin is apologizing for stealing the media spotlight during her one nation tour. the former vice presidential candidate says she did not mean to divert attention from mitt
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romney's announcement in new hampshire. they were both there the same day. now for the latest political news. you know where to go. cnnpolitics.com. it was our strategic advantage. now they have it. what exactly is "it" that they have? logistics. a level playing field. it's not fair.
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a look at what's happening and what's ahead. allison kosik in new york. a litany of worrisome economic reports. manufacturing growth slowed down, home prices fell, consumer confidence fell, and the icing on the cake, job growth slowed. the governme the government is moving out of the car business, at least in chrysler. it closes the book on the bailout chrysler got two years ago. taxpayers will have recouped all about $2 billion of that money. hundreds of g-mail accounts were hacked this week. google says it was part of a massive fishing scheme that it claims originated it china. google notified the victims which included some senior government officials. the fbi is investigating.
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lady gaga's latest album debutted with a bang. more than a million copies of "born this way" were sold in the u.s. during the first week. it's the fastest selling album of the year. poppy harlow has what's coming up in business news. poppy? >> apple ceo steve jobs will make news this week. technically he was on medical leave so it wasn't loose lips when the tightly held company said jobs will give a keynote speech on monday. steve jobs will release icloud which will already add on to what google has to offer. the fed chief ben bernanke will be speaking tomorrow. regional economic activity looking for any signs of a pickup in activity across the country. we'll follow it all. martin, back to you. >> thank you, ladies, and remember, you can get your
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financial fix every day on cnnmoney.com. gunfire at the border separating syria and golan. it was time to protest the anniversary of the six-day war. troops did fire warning shots, according to the army, but a report on television said 20 people were killed and more than 325 hurt. there are conflicting reports on the condition of yemen's president. solis is receiving treatment in saudi arabia after an attack on his palace. some say he suffered shrapnel wounds and burns, and some say he is having brain surgery. but they are saying the president is simply getting a checkup. the vice president is in charge while solis is absent. in paris rafael nadal claimed his

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